Hundreds of area residents braved the soggy weather at Fort Custer National Cemetery for the 2019 Memorial Day Program of Remembrance.

The Cereal City Concert Band set the mood with some of the most iconic marches in American music, including the Washington Post, National Emblem, and Stars and Stripes Forever.

Mr. Christopher Morris, Director of the FCNC reminded the audience of two types of loss involved with fallen soldiers.   The first when they take their final breath on earth, and the second when their name is spoken for the final time.   He said the mission of the Fort Custer National Cemetery and for all of us is the make sure the second never happens.

FCNC 2019-TSM Photo

Keynote speaker Mr. James Doelling, Director of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center talked about recent efforts by the VA to prevent veteran suicides, and talked about success stories and how our community can help.

The “Hooligans” flight team made their appearance precisely at 2pm.   The festivities were supported by bagpipers, a color guard, numerous local veteran groups, and local military and leaders and elected officials.

In spite of a difficult Spring, the staff of Fort Custer National Cemetery had the grounds looking beautiful, and volunteers and staff made sure every grave was decorated with an American Flag.  Hundreds of families were out visiting the final resting place of their loved ones, as the community remembered the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for all Americans.

Fort Custer Remembrance 2019